|Belfast City Hall|
|Beginning of the tour, in the Shankhill|
|King William of Orange mural in Protestant/Loyalist area of West Belfast|
|Section of Peace Wall that divides the Falls and Shankhill;|
view from Shankhill (Protestant side)
The Ulster Museum was free and it is a fantastic museum. Kind of like a mini-Smithsonian for the city of Belfast. There are actually several great exhibits in the museum on a variety of topics and aspects of history related to Northern Ireland, but the big money exhibit that we came to see was the exhibition on the Troubles. Although I'm obviously not from Northern Ireland and do not know a whole lot about the conflict, especially not from the deeply personal perspective by which it was and still is felt by people living in Northern Ireland, I thought that the exhibit did a good job of presenting the history and informing the visitor about what it was like in Belfast over that 30 year period.
|"International Wall" on Falls Road with|
|Famous Republican Mural along the Falls of hunger |
striker and MP Bobby Sands
The period of Northern Ireland’s history from 1968 is usually referred to as “The Troubles.” Much of this period, because it is so recent and because it was so traumatic, is still painfully – often bitterly – remembered by those who were injured, their families, and the families of those who died. In all, there were some 3,700 deaths, around 50,000 explosions, and innumerable sectarian incidents.
This gallery is arranged around particular events and themes. Some of them may be upsetting – most of them remain contentious. We acknowledge the sensitivity and the deeply-held views about the issued reflected here. The exhibition is not intended as a comprehensive account of all that happened, but rather as a broad platform of information about complex issues which have shaped our recent history. We welcome feedback on the approach and on the potential to develop the gallery.
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My Prezi Presentation of the history of The Troubles. Use the Arrow Keys to navigate forward and backward through the content. You can also enlarge the presentation to enable full-screen viewing.